Learning Technologies

Module codes: ED7616, ED7617

Module co-ordinator: Dr Palitha Edirisingha

In this module you will study educational and other technologies, their associated affordances/characteristics, and the ways in which they can be used to support different approaches to teaching and learning.

You will gain experience with a range of technologies, critique their relevance to practice, and consider their implications for learning, teaching, and research. You will be provided with ample opportunities to communicate and collaborate with peers through various technologies. You will be encouraged to become part of the broader TEL (technology enhanced learning) community (e.g., ALT, EDEN) through social media.

The module is in two parts: 'Technology-Enhanced Learning' and 'Learning Design for the 21st Century'. 

Learning

You will be taught through prepared (i.e. recorded) material by the core teaching staff (short videos, podcasts, narrated slides and short chunks of text), links to openly and freely accessible resources (e.g. videos on YouTube, lectures on iTunesU), carefully designed learning activities, both synchronous and asynchronous, to be carried out online (e.g., discussion boards and wikis on Blackboard, postings on blogs) that are moderated by both tutors and peers.

Assessment

  • Annotated bibliography
  • Critical essay
  • Critique of learning design theories
  • Research plan using peer feedback